On Volyn Criminals Kidnapped Miners to Take Possession of Their Equipment

Published on 21 Mar. 2018
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On March 17, near Lutsk, the police released two cryptocurrency miners who had been the hostages of the criminals from the 16th of March. The victims were kept near the regional center in the basement; they had been tortured and brutally beaten – the criminals had demanded their property and money. The information became known by the agency Volyn News from their sources.

The men victims were known to mine cryptocurrency. Press service of the Volyn prosecutor’s office reported about six criminals. They had kidnapped the victims and took possession of their properties such as cell phones, cash, car, and the keys from the apartment and the house. They had driven victims to the village near Lutsk, tortured them and threatened to kill.

Attackers had demanded to pass them the car, apartment, dollars, and Bitcoin farm, reported Volyn prosecutor’s office.

The victims were released on March, 17 by the special operations group. The police excluded at the scene the gun “Zoraki” with ammunition, several hammers, cell phones, money, medicines, etc. At the moment, the injured men are in the Lutsk city clinical hospital, guarded by the police. According to the doctors, one of the victims has extremely severe traumas.

Four of the attackers are arrested, the criminal proceeding is opened against them for the kidnapping of two people, illegal deprivation of freedom, blackmailing with violence, robberies, thefts, illegal possession of a vehicle, committed by the previous convocation.

The prosecutor’s office decides on the selection of a preventive measure in the form of detention.

Unfortunately, cryptocurrency miners quite frequently become the victims of the criminals these days. A similar case, but less violent, happened in Isium when two attackers extorted Bitcoins from a designer who received a salary in cryptocurrency.

And in December last year, the head of cryptocurrency exchange EXMO Pavel Lerner was kidnapped in the center of Kyiv. The kidnappers released him only after the ransom of $1 million in Bitcoins had been paid. 

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